MY CHIEF OF STAFF, SSG, HEAD OF SERVICE, 32 OTHERS TEST POSITIVE TO CORONAVIRUS SAYS BENUE GOVERNOR, ORTOM

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has announced that Secretary to the State Government, Tony Ijohor and his Chief of Staff, Terwase Orbunde have tested positive for COVID-19. Ortom confirmed that the Head of Service, Veronica Onyeke, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Benue State University, Godwin Achinge, are also positive. The governor made the disclosure on Saturday while briefing newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital. He said it was “no longer news that my wife, one of my sons and staff tested positive to the virus”. Ortom noted that the test was carried…

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FAMILY OF 3 KILLED BY THUNDER IN BENUE

  A tragic incident occurred at Tarau Gwer local government area in Benue state on Saturday night, as a family of three were killed by thunder strike. It was gathered that the family died on the spot after the thatch house they were sleeping in was struck by a thunder, folllowing a heavy rainfall on Saturday A man, his wife and their five (5) year old son died in the incident which has thrown the entire community into mourning. An eyewitness, Peter Kembe told The Nation that the incident is the first of its kind in the…

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CORONAVIRUS: BENUE GOVT IN DESPERATE SEARCH FOR 12 MAI RUWAS WHO JUST CAME IN FROM KANO

An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria. At least eight ‘water peddlers’ are on the run in Benue after the government rounded up 12 others in an apartment in Makurdi, the state capital. According to locals, the ‘water peddlers’, usually referred to as ‘Mai Ruwa’, had come into Makurdi within the last two weeks from Kano. Kano is one of the most affected states as Nigeria battles to contain the novel coronavirus which has killed more than 250,000 across the world. A resident of Wukari…

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John Charles Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed at least seven persons and injured several others in coordinated attacks on communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. It was learnt that the attacks took place from Friday night to the early hours of Saturday. Eyewitnesses said the herdsmen invaded Chongu community in Mbawa, where mourners had gathered for a wake at about 11 pm, killing some and injuring others. It was further learnt that the herdsmen moved into Tse Ayev and Tyohembe in Mbanyiar community in the same area,…

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HERDSMEN STRIKE IN BENUE AGAIN, KILL 3, RAPES TRADITIONAL RULER’S WIFE, SISTERS IN-LAW

Armed men suspected to be herdsmen have killed three people and abducted seven others at Issele-Asagba town in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. Also yesterday, herders attacked the Mbanyiar community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and raped wife of the Acting District Head of Mbawa, Chief Oliver Chado and his two sisters-in-law. Mbawa is a community in Governor Samuel Ortom’s village. The victims in Delta State were two women allegedly killed at a guest house and a man murdered on his farm. It was…

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INVASION BY FULANI HERDSMEN: WE ARE HELPLESS, BENUE GOVERNOR CRIES OUT

John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday, raised the alarm that the state was under siege of Fulani herdsmen, adding, “we are helpless”. In an interview with journalists in Makurdi after receiving civil society organisations in his office, the governor said troops could not curtail the influx of the herdsmen because they were overstretched. While stating that the anti open grazing law of the state was still on course, the governor said his government was looking at legal  alternatives to complement  the security agencies to tackle possible…

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ORTOM PROMISES FULL WEIGHT OF THE LAW ON VIOLATORS OF ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW

Violators of Benue ranching law will be prosecuted, Ortom insists Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has again restated that herdsmen who are invading the state with their cattle in violation of the state’s anti-open grazing law should expect legal consequences of their actions.In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Terver Akase, he maintained that no individual or group of persons were above the law, insisting, “Whoever wants to do livestock business in Benue should remember that there is a law in place which regulates animal husbandry. “The…

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COURT DECLARES RUGA, CATTLE COLONY ILLEGAL IN BENUE

By Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi   A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, presided over by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon, on Monday declared the federal government policy, plan or proclamation to establish RUGA Settlement and cattle colonies in Benue State as unwarranted, unlawful and unconstitutional. Delivering judgement in the suit filed by Benue Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Benue State, Barrister Michael Gusa against the Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Agriculture, Justice Olajuwon declared that any move by the federal…

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UNKNOWN AILMENT RAVAGES BENUE COMMUNITY, KILLS 4 IN 2 WEEKS, 15 DOWN WITH SAME SYMPTOMS

An unknown illness has reportedly claimed the lives of four persons in the rural community of Oye-Obi in Obi local government area of Benue state. The President-Elect, Igede National Youths Council, Andyson Iji Egbodo, who raised the alarm on Wednesday night on behalf of the villagers told our correspondent by telephone that 15 more people with same symptoms are already hospitalised in the affected community. “The sickness has so far killed four persons in two weeks. The four victims namely Happiness Ogbu, Onah Ogbedu, Andy Edu and Wisdom Agwo developed…

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BENUE GOVERNOR ESCAPES ASSASSINATION BY FULANI HERDSMEN IN HIS FARM

Livestock Guard member abducted and killed as anxiety mounts in Benue Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed that he narrowly escaped death when suspected armed herdsmen shot at him in his farm at Adeke along Makurdi-Naka road. This is just as suspected armed herdsmen reportedly abducted and killed a member of the state’s Livestock Guard in Ado Local Government Area, LGA. The Governor, yesterday in a live radio programme monitored in Makurdi said he had gone to his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi town few days ago when armed herdsmen…

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